St. Thomas University's native student council hopes to attract a crowd on the campus for Native Awareness Days.The Pirate with the Palsied Parrot notes the irony of that title.
From Nov. 17-21, the student council will host a series of discussions titled, Combating Convenient Untruths.
The discussions will focus on social justice issues pertaining to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples on topics as diverse as Arctic sovereignty, race relations, the residential school apology and the role of rhetoric in compromise.Native student lounge?
Special guests will include Mary Simon, the national voice of Inuit from Nunatsiavut to Inuvialuit; Ward Churchill, a political activist and author; Isabelle Knockwood, author of Out of the Depths: the Experiences of Mi'kmaw Children at the Indian Residential School at Shubenacadie, N.S.; and Roland Chrisjohn, St. Thomas University professor and director of native studies.
The events will wrap up with a drumming ceremony and feast featuring the Muskrat Singers from St. Mary's First Nation on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. in the native student lounge in Sir James Dunn Hall.